Antonio Conte insists there is much more to come from Eden Hazard and Chelsea after the Blues defeated West Ham to kick off his reign at the club.
Man-of-the-match Hazard put Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot and, following James Collins’ equaliser, Diego Costa struck a last-gasp winner to seal a 2-1 victory.
Conte celebrated wildly with the Chelsea supporters on the touchline and was full of praise for his players’ performance in his first game at the helm.
“The team played a good game with great intensity and good spirit,” he said to Sky Sports.
“There was great intensity and positioning. It was also very physical. I am delighted with the performance.
“It’s important to find the right spirit and intensity, we know that we can improve and we must improve a lot, but I am pleased for the team.
“Eden played a good game. He has great ability and is very important in this team.
“I am very pleased with his performance but I know, and he knows, that he can improve a lot.
“The victory was deserved for me. Now we have to prepare for the next game.”
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Conte revealed he had thoroughly enjoyed his first experience of football in England, despite being forced to wait until the 89th minute to seal victory.
He continued: “I only knew the league through television and having played against English teams in the Champions League and Europa League, but it is very difficult.
“The atmosphere was fantastic and I want to say thank you to the fans because they followed the players at the end.